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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1334 is negotiating a first collective agreement for nine part-time library workers at the University of Guelph. They have been at the bargaining table since June 2011. These library workers are living at the poverty level earning between $10.50 and $12.50 per hour and are laid off between April and August. 

The University is bullying these nine part-time workers by reducing their hours of work, paying poverty wages and demanding cuts to an already poverty-level pension.Last fall, the university cut their hours from 21 through 24 to 18 hours. This leaves these workers without enough hours to collect Employment Insurance. The university is also demanding concessions on the pension plan that do not apply to the full-time workers. 

WHAT:           Rally to support part-time library workers at the University of Guelph 

WHERE:         Branion Plaza at the University of Guelph (behind the University Centre) 

WHEN:           Thursday, April 26 at noon 

WHO:              Speakers are: 

Fred Hahn, President, CUPE Ontario 

Kevin Skerrett, CUPE National Pension Specialist

(Kevin will also read a poem written by his mother, Mary, on behalf of the workers. Mary Skerrett passed away suddenly last week.) 

Janice Folk-Dawson, President, CUPE Local 1334 

Liz Cherry, United Steel WorkersLocal 4120 

Drew Garvie, Central Students Association, University of Guelph 

Laura Solomon, Guelph and District Labour Council 

For further information, please contact: 

Janice Folk-Dawson, President, CUPE Local 1334              (519) 766-8376

Wendy Forbes, CUPE Communications                               (416) 892-8716